Final Destination 5 Review

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The Basics
In this fifth installment, Death is just as omnipresent as ever, and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of co-workers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But this group of unsuspecting souls was never supposed to survive, and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.

Directed By: Steven Quale
Written By: Eric Heisserer
Cast: Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell and Arlen Escarpeta

The Delivery
Anyone who knows me, or has followed my writing for any length of time, can probably tell you that I’m not a big horror fan.  It’s a source of much amusement for my comrades here at TMP, that I’m such a big wiener when it comes to horror films.  So it seems odd that I would volunteer to review Final Destination 5.

A couple reasons for this.  For one, I continue to preach that movie buffs need to not be biased and give every movie a chance, and firmly believe that filmmakers should watch films from ALL genres.  Secondly, Final Destination are one of the few horror film franchises I’ve seen (blame it on an ex-girlfriend for making me watch them).  So when WB asked me to review the blu-ray, I said sure. 

I didn’t catch it in theaters, but I can’t say I regret that.  Don’t get me wrong, this is actually one of the best entries in the entire franchise.  The last two films were abysmal and utterly silly, but Final Destination 5 seemed to get back down to business.  The story took on a more serious and darker tone and featured one thing that the least few haven’t….a plot.  Yeah, there’s an actual story in this film and not just a series of crazy deaths.

The deaths are still inventive and gory as ever, but the filmmakers do a much better job this time around, of actually making you care about the characters before they’re killed off.  You feel some sort of sympathy for them, rather than a “oh man, did you see that!” kind of reaction.

The best part of this movie though is the unexpected.  The director did a good job of making you look one way, and then hitting you from the side.  When you think you know how a death is going to occur, something out of left-field happens.  For these kind of horror films, this is exactly what you want to achieve.  A predictable horror film is a bad horror film. 

The acting is…okay.  It’s not terrible, but it’s not great either, and there are some aspects of the characters I would have loved to see explored more.  As for the blu-ray itself…it feels somewhat hollow.  The only real special feature on there are these alternate death scenes, which are ultimately less interesting that what was shown in the film. 

Overall
It’s a good comeback for this franchise, which was ailing quite a bit.  Some new blood working behind the scenes made a huge difference.  If you were a fan of the series, but put off by the last couple outings, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when watching this one. 

Final Destination 5 (which is available now in stores and online) gets a 7 out of 10

-Jordan